One of the most pleasantly surprising aspects of the first Deadpool movie was the inclusion of the X-Man Colossus in the film. While the steel-skinned mutant didn’t really have much of a history with the Merc with a Mouth, he gave the morally questionable and manically irreverent Deadpool a blue-boy-scout straight man to play off of. This creative choice made Deadpool’s wild quips and over the top violence even funnier when there was a strait-laced guy there to appropriately react to them.
Tim Miller, the director of the first Deadpool flick, recently did an interview with The Playlist’s Fourth Wall Podcast and discussed what his plans were for Deadpool 2 before he left the project to direct Terminator: Dark Fate. He dropped a number of alternate concepts that could have been in the movie, but the one that stood out the most was the inclusion of the ever-lovin’ blue-eye Thing!
That’s right, the Fantastic Four’s resident orange rock monster was almost featured in Deadpool 2! According to Miller, the plan was to have the Thing be the one to battle Juggernaut at the end of the movie instead of Colossus, which is how it ended up going down in the theatrical release of the movie. Miller didn’t really divulge more details on the scene or who would have played the character, but one has to wonder if the Thing would have replaced Colossus as Deadpool’s foil in the sequel flick.
First appearing in 1961’s Fantastic Four #1, the thing was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby as part of the first family that kicked off the Marvel Universe. Hailing from the rough and tough Yancy Street in New York City, the street smart, cigar chomping, lovable lug was famously modeled after co-creator Jack Kirby himself. If the rock pile had made it into the movie it definitely would have been fun to see how his no-nonsense blue-collar personality played off of the madcap Deadpool as opposed to Colossus’ by-the-books disposition.
Do you think this team-up would have worked well for the DP sequel? With the X-Men, Deadpool, and the Fantastic Four movie rights now all under the Disney/Marvel Studios umbrella, a good ole’ clobberin’ time could still be in the cards in future MCU movies. What other Marvel characters make a good match for the Merc with a Mouth?